Criminals Try to Copyright "Malware"

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News Posted: Wed, Apr 30 2008 10:18 PM

Heck, if you're going to write malware, you might as well protect yourself against piracy, and copyright it, right?

Professional virus writers are now selling a suite of software on the Internet with an unusual attachment: a detailed licensing agreement that promises penalties for redistributing the malicious code without permission.

"I just kind of chuckled — it's kind of humorous," said Zulfikar Ramzan, senior principal security researcher with Symantec Corp.

As with any other software, if you're going to install this stuff, read the EULA!  According to the article, however, the malware in question is being freely distributed online.  Looks like the authors need to call a good lawyer.

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Now that's funny. It would have made more sense if they had started distributing this on April 1st rather than May 1st, though.

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I don't understand how the author of a virus or malware program would seriously try to sue someone that "takes" it... lets say they went to court.. shouldn't both of the guys be penalized for creating/distributing the malware in the first place!?!

silly hackers! ;)

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redistributing the malicious code without permission.

 Isn't this the point of malicious code?  Nobody buys viruses at Best Buy with the intent of screwing up their computer.  This is about the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

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